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Utøya survivor addresses Europe parliamentary assembly. A survivor of the Norway massacre speaks to the Council of Europe in Iceland’s Reykjavik.

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Utøya survivor addresses Europe parliamentary assembly

Published on Monday, 26th September, 2016 at 09:04 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 26th September 2016 at 09:32.

A survivor of the Norway massacre speaks to the Council of Europe in Iceland’s Reykjavik.

PACE Parliamentary Assembly
PACE Parliamentary Assembly
Photo: Hemicycle/Council of Europe


Norwegian activist, writer, and filmmaker Bjørn Ihler will attend a special hearing.

He will talk of about his experiences as part of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy’s #NoHateNoFear event.

Mr Ihler is expected to speak following an address by Pedro Agramunt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Monday.

The politician is making an official visit to Iceland on 26th and 27th September, and will meet with the President of Iceland and Foreign and Finance Ministers.

Bjørn Ihler, who was 20 at the time of the 22nd July 2011 attack, managed to swim away from the island of Utøya after being shot at by the terrorist.

He consequently became an activist and an artist who focuses on promoting peace and human rights to fight against extremism.

Though Mr Ihler lost many friends during the attack, he says he does not hate Breivik but rather “indifferent”.

“It would be interesting to hear [Breivik] out, ask him how he ended up where he ended up. I would ask him what drove him to it,” Mr Ihler has said to UK tabloid The Mirror.

The #NoHateNoFear campaign, launched in June, encourages people to listen and not use hatred to fuel their responses to terror and extremist attacks.




Published on Monday, 26th September, 2016 at 09:04 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 26th September 2016 at 09:32.

This post has the following tags: utya, utoya, 22july, terrorism, hate, fear, europe, breivik, norway, councilofeurope, parliament, paywall.





  
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